STRAWBERRY TARTINE

Summer has officially hit the bay area HARD and this Strawberry Tartine is perfect for all the summer get together’s I know you will all be having!! This recipe, if honestly you really want to call it a recipe, is so simple to make. It uses minimal ingredients, (SCORE) and tastes magical (SCORE again)

strawberry tartine

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PICKLED JALAPENOS

Raise your hand if you are a fan of pickled jalapenos!  If you could see me right now I’m raising both of my hands because I love anything pickled, especially jalapenos.  However, this used to not be the case….I couldn’t even fathom the thought of a pickled jalapeno anywhere near my mouth.  But then one Christmas (maybe 6 years ago or so) I received some pickled jalapenos as a gift! Something about a homemade gift made me want to try them out again and guess what; I LOVED THEM!

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ARTICHOKE BASIL PESTO

I am a HUGE pesto fan. Like huge!!  It literally is great on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. And lets not even start with all the different ways you can make pesto. Practically limitless!! But I’m pretty sure that this pesto trumps all other pesto’s!!  I’ve used artichokes in past sauces (like my Artichoke Chimichurri) because it gives a little extra flavor and makes everything so creamy!

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STUFFED MUSHROOMS

Hands down my father-in-law makes the best stuffed mushrooms I’ve ever had.  I swear he must put crack in it or something because I can never have enough and I always want more! I kid, I kid……..there are no drugs in his mushrooms……..

It’s hard to recreate something that is already so delicious.  There are some expectations that need to be met (especially by my husband) so I figured the best way to meet and exceed those expectations is to put bacon in it. Because bacon = crack.

 

 

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BRUSSELS WITH RED CHILI VINAIGRETTE

There is a restaurant in the Santa Cruz area that has the BEST brussels sprouts I have ever put into my mouth. We go about twice a year and seriously guys….I think about it for like 3 weeks straight after eating them! Last time we were there I asked them what made their brussels so DREAMY and they said that they fry the parsley that goes on top. My mind was blown! Fried parsley; that is GENIUS!

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SWEET CASHEW MILK AND COLD BREW

Coffee is my drink of choice.  I absolutely love it.  But like a lot of drinks, coffee is an acquired taste, especially straight up black!!  Now, I didn’t used to be this way.  I drank grande iced nonfat vanilla latte’s like it was my job!  But then I was gifted an espresso machine which was the turning point for me.  We started making our own lattes at home with (store bought) almond milk and thenn we had just straight espresso and I never really looked back at having anything in my coffee.  I’ve dabbled in making my own nutmilks before, but gave up because lets be honest, using cheesecloth to strain anything equals a big hot mess!!

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SAVORY BREAKFAST SAUSAGE

Raise you hand if breakfast sausage is your “jam.”   I love breakfast sausage, but a good, homemade breakfast sausage is hard to come by.  The grocery store ones usually have a bascrillion ingredients (dude, why?!) and sugar. Lotsa suga!!!

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WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

I may be late on this train, but have you guys ever roasted cauliflower whole? Well, I just did a few weeks ago and this may be the only way I cook cauliflower from now on. You basically plop the cauliflower in a pan and then let it do its thing!! Easy peasy right!!!?!

 

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BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER RICE

I’m sure you have all had some sort of “buffalo” style something at least once. If you haven’t, you really need to hitch a ride on the buffalo train.  There is a reason why there is a Wing Stop on practically every corner. It’s really delicious.  In all honesty, I had actually forgotten about buffalo style anything. When you have little kids, spicy anything just doesn’t really come to mind when meal planning. But the other week, I received an awesome care package from my friends over at OBERTO and inside was their “spicy buffalo style chicken jerky.” If you haven’t already noticed, I love adding jerky to my recipes (if you have never done it before, you really should. I would never steer you in the wrong direction folks, never)

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JERKY AND PORK FRIED CAULI-RICE

Have you ever used beef jerky in a dish before? Yah, me neither, until recently. Usually we eat it as a snack, but when OBERTO sent me some of their all natural beef jerky flavors, I was determined to use them in recipes.  Determined I say!! Well, let me be vain for just a second here….cause I friggin’ hit the nail in the head with this fried rice recipe. It tastes just like the real deal and I’m pretty proud of myself. Guys, it’s kinda hard to “healthify” things like pork fried rice without it tasting nasty. So yah, I’m gonna pat myself on the back for sure!!

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